Lately, our electricity bills have gone way up and when making those payments you feel somehow cheated. With a few minor adjustments on how we operate our appliances, we can lower these costs reasonably. Being that there is only one service provider in Kenya for instance, the option to switch to another company is out of the question, hence your usage is what can be changed.

 

Here are some few tips that could come in handy to ensure you pay a little less on your electricity bills.

Keep your fridge and freezer full

While most people insist on keeping the fridge door to save on electricity, they neglect to mention that keeping your fridge and freezer full can also help save money. With a full freezer or fridge, the food often acts as an insulation, therefore, reducing the amount of time that the fridge will run to stay cool.

Switch to LEDs 

By using LED light bulbs, you will save 90 percent energy that the luminescent bulbs use. Replace the mostly used luminescent bulbs with the LED light bulbs. Luminescent bulbs are also known to have a shorter lifespan.

Lower your hot water heater temperatures

Did you know that 13- 18 percent of your homes electricity bill comes from the water heating system? By setting the heater to a lower degree you will be saving more. Remember to turn your water heater off when not in use. Install a low-flow restrictor that will help restrict the amount of hot water used. Top notch insulation helps lower heating bills

 Kitchen Tips

While cooking, a lot of heat is usually emitted and during the warm season it can make your house feel like an oven and so for those without air conditioners, these tips could come in handy.

  • It is important that instead of using the stove to heat liquids, you could use the microwaves. Eating more fruits and salads will also reduce the microwave use while ensuring you remain healthy.
  • If you have to bake, do it at night when it’s cooler outside then open the windows to fan out the heat.
  • Thawing your food before cooking not only saves time but also reduces the amount of heat used to ensure it fully cooks. When cooking, keep the lids on and that way it will enable the food to be cooked efficiently and avoid unnecessary heat from escaping.
  • Unplug appliances that are not in use. Most times we leave appliances still plugged, hence, wasting energy.
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